Saturday, November 22, 2008

Future issues.

In times of delay, frustration and nail-biting, we live on spoliers and wild theories on the future. So I thought I would tell you some of what has been revealed of the future issues of Season 8. So beware, spoilers are coming.

Cover gallery for Season 8

Take a look at those if you want to get your own ideas first. (I was so sure that it wouldn't be Willow that was the mystery women in Time of Your life, because the cover of 19 had been revealed before issue 17 was out. I didn't think that Darkhorse would give us such a dead give away.)

Unless I mention otherwise, Georges Jeanty probably does the pencilling and the variant cover, while Jo Chen does the regular cover.

Issue 19
Name: Time of Your Life part 4
Featuring: Buffy, Dawn, Xander, Kennedy, Willow, future Willow, Fray and many others.
Release: 26th November 2008 (we hope)
Writer: Joss Whedon (and Karl Moline does the pencilling)
Darkhorse's description: Buffy and Fray take on a powerful foe, who's lasted hundreds of years just so she can bring down the last two Slayers.

Issue 20
Name: After These Messages . . . We’ll be right back!
Featuring: We go back in time and get to see Cordelia and Angel again!
Release: 10th December 2008
Writer: Jeph Loeb (and Eric Wright works with Georges Jeanty as a penciller)
Darkhorse's description: Acclaimed comic-book writer Jeph Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween) was set to executive produce, alongside Joss Whedon and animator Eric Wight, the proposed Buffy animated TV series. While Buffy fans won't be viewing that show anytime soon, Loeb, Wight, and Whedon offer the next best thing--a comic inspired by the animated series!

Issue 21
Name:Harmonic Divergence (the first issue in an arc of five (#21-25), featuring different characters. This issue will feature one more character other than Harmony, but we don't know which one yet).
Featuring: Harmony (please Joss, kill her this time)
Release: 31st December 2008
Writer: Jane Espenson
Darkhorse's description: Television writer Jane Espenson returns to Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Season Eight. Espenson is the first of five acclaimed writers that tackle this groundbreaking story arc -- where Buffy fans are introduced to a new world where vampires are in and Slayers are out. Cue Harmony, the bubblegum cheerleader from Sunnydale High whose ambitions include blood sucking and stardom.

Issue 22
Name: Swell
Featuring: Kennedy and Satsu (yay!)
Release: January 28, 2009
Writer: Steven S. DeKnight
Darkhorse's description: Vampires are the hottest thing around -- forget hipsters; being a bloodsucking fiend is where’s it’s at! Slayers must take the good fight underground if they’re to avoid any bad press from the general public.When Kennedy is sent to Japan to evaluate Satsu’s efforts as team leader, they are taken by surprise by some fierce furry creatures who want to do nothing more than destroy Buffy (surprise!), while Twilight remains the captain of the anti-Slayer ship.

Issue 23
Name: Predators and Prey
Featuring: Andrew and Buffy.
Release: March 04, 2009
Writer: Drew Z. Greenberg
Darkhorse's description: It's Buffy -- and Andrew -- on a mission in Italy . . . together! Awkward? Yes! Since Harmony's television stunt, the ensuing of general vampire-love from the masses, and the destruction of the Scotland base, operations at Slayer headquarters have been somewhat strained. Rogue Slayers - -Simone and her gang -- have not been helping Slayer-civilian relations with their attacks against the military, bank robbing, and occasional snitching at Hot Topic. Now, Andrew has a lead on how to gain intel on Simone's plans . . . but he has to go to Italy -- now! With Xander and Willow busy holding together their Slayer legions Buffy seems to be the only one with an open schedule to act as Andrew's backup. Hours of travel . . . just Buffy and Andrew . . . Really?

Issue 24
Featuring: Faith & Giles
Writer: Jim Krueger (source)

Issue 25
Featuring: Xander & Dawn.
Writer: Doug Petrie will probably write this issue (I need a source).

Issue 26-30
Featuring: Oz.
Writer: Jane Espenson

Now before we read about issue 31- 35, read this quote from
comicbookresources ;
"First, though, Allie confirmed best-selling New York Times author Brad Meltzer ("Justice League of America") would write four or five issues. "It will be issues #31-35, either all five or just four of those," said Allie. "But Brad will do the penultimate arc and Joss will do the final arc."
So 4 or 5...

Issue 31-35
Writer: Brad Meltzer

And assumingly, the last issues, 36-40(I wish I had a link to a source, but it's confirmed that it's 40 issues), will all be written by Joss, since he's suppose to do the last arc. In a few months, I will update. If you have information about the future issues, and a source link, e-mail me at

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